Review: Uncanny X-Force #3

Published on December 17th, 2010

There has been a lot of complaints made here at Comic Impact lately aboutthe X-Men titles.  Be it art, story or both, we’ve had grievances with almost every X-book.  But, the one title that fails to disappoint is Uncanny X-Force.

Uncanny X-Force is written by Rick Remender who you may remember from Franken-Castle.  Pulling art duties is friend of the site, Jerome Opena, whose work is nothing short of astounding.  This book follows Wolverine who has assembled a secret team of mutants consisting of Archangel, Psylocke, Fantomex and Deadpool to carry out secret missions that the rest of the X-Men can never know about.  The first story arc sends them off to kill Apocalypse.

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Last issue left them under attack by Apocalypse’s new Final Horsemen on the Moon.  Uncanny X-Force #3 starts telling the history of new Horsemen, who really aren’t that new at all.  It turns out that Apocalypse has been assembling them for centuries, putting them in suspended animation once they’re recruited to be awoken when truly needed.  After they’re introduced, it picks up where issue #2 left off with X-Force completely overpowered by the Horsemen.

Wolverine attempts to fight Death, the bastard son of a Persian king.  Death can transfer any disease through metal to the victim of his choice.  Wolverine clearly wasn’t thinking straight because he decided to stab Death through the gut…with the metal claws he keeps in his arms.  Naturally, Death infects Wolverine with everything from cataracts to cancer.  Fantomex manages to create an illusion to make Death believe that he was infecting Pestilence (a Japanese geisha who releases swarms of flesh eating beetles from her mouth) and gets away with Wolverine.

Further away on the Moon, Deadpool is trying to claw his way back to the fight, significantly injured after being attacked by Pestilence.  He finds Archangel who was attacked by Famine (a Civil War army drummer with the mutant ability to emaciate people through his drumming) in issue #2 and is now starved nearly to death.  Deadpool’s solution?  Deploy his Deadpool field tent, pull Archangel inside and feed him Coke and Pop Rocks.

Meanwhile, Psylocke is carried off by War, a mutant who looks like a giant minotaur.  War takes Psylocke to his quarters and when she wakes up, he confesses his love for her.  She takes the opportunity to subdue him with her psychic knife and the book ends with her making her way to kiddie Apocalypse, ready to kill him.

As said, this book continues to deliver in a big bad way.  The writing is interesting and well done.  Remender has crafted a really original story and teamed up one of the least likely group of people from the X-universe, but at the same time they really fit together well.  The histories he came up with for the Final Horsemen are really engrossing.  It’s a great idea that Apocalypse chose all these mutants throughout the centuries to be awoken at a certain point when he really needed them as apposed the usual story where Apocalypse has to go out and assemble a new group.

Opena’s art is some of the best in industry right now.  It’s so unique and detailed.  It’s a bit realistic but also gritty and stylized at the same time.  He manages to get a lot of expression into all of his characters’ faces.  He also doesn’t make them overly endowed.  The men aren’t giant, hulking muscle charts and the women aren’t giant boobed Barbie dolls in thongs.

There’s really only one way to put it: if you’re not reading Uncanny X-Force, you’re wrong.  You must pick up this book and make your life exponentially better.  If you don’t, then you’re just lame.  I’m sorry, but sometimes the truth hurts.

Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com